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UPDATE: A rep for the Four Seasons Resorts on Lanai has told us that while the hotels are closed for renovations, the island itself is still open for exploration. Guests can visit the shops, restaurants, a newly renovated movie theater as well as play on the Manele Golf Course. A Summer Golf Special will be offered starting on June 1, which includes 18-ocean-view holes, club rental, prix fixe lunch at VIEWS restaurant and transportation to and from the harbor for only $325. But the rooms are not available for overnight stays.
When we last left you on Lanai, the plan was for some serious renovation and refurbishment to take place at the island’s two main hotels— Four Seasons' two properties, the Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay. Well the time has come, so you'd better hit up Airbnb if you’re looking for accommodation on the Pineapple Isle. Because it's only going to get worse from here.
FS at DIFC. But will it have a spherical vodka bar?
How many luxury hotels can Dubai hold? An infinite number, obviously. And how many Four Seasons? Possibly the same answer.
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Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.
And where better to start than Bangkok? Our archives are full of stories from the Thai capital, well worth visiting in its own right and for its fantastic choice of hotels – which are often great value. The next five years will see some big names throw their hat in the ring in the city’s very competitive hotel game. Here are six new hotels you should watch out for:
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So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!
HOTEL TOMO TO TURN INTO HOTEL BUCHANAN, A KIMPTON HOTEL: Back in September, we told you how the Japanimation-themed Hotel Tomo in San Francisco would turn into a Kimpton Hotel but we had no idea the place would get a full-on rebranding. It will now open in June as the Hotel Buchanan, and it looks completely different. Gone is all the kitschy decor, replaced with more masculine yet stylish furniture and amenities.The only nod to the hotel's former history is a light-weight, Shibori-print Kimono, which will be placed in the guestrooms instead of the usual Kimpton animal print robes. No exact opening date is set but we'll be sure to let you know when we have it.
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The hotel news and gossip out of Amsterdam just keeps coming in: perhaps sensing we were somewhat disappointed with Hotel Pulitzer picking Preferred’s LVX Collection after leaving the Starwood fold, a kind tipster dropped us a link to a possible hotel project further down the city’s Prinsengracht canal in the former Palace of Justice.
Dating back to 1664 and 1864, the 15,000 sq m (161,000 sq ft) building was put up for sale earlier this year by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (the Dutch government’s real estate agency of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations), complete with glossy interactive pdf that shows how the vast building could be put to different uses – including conversion into a luxury hotel, reportedly one of the last ones the city will allow within its historic core.
The Four Seasons blew the lid off the luxury hotel game when they announced their very own private 757 jet in February 2014, followed up by an impressive list of journeys that would include a ride in the private jet and a stay at a Four Season hotel, or several Four Seasons hotels.
Since most of us don't have $100,000 to blow on a Four Seasons jet joyride, we'll have to settle for some photos.
Feast your eyes on the interiors of the Four Seasons Jet, which includes Dom Perignon bubbly at your lie-flat seat (there are 52 of them), Bose headphones, Bulgari amenity kits, Mongolian cashmere blankets, and iPads for your in-flight entertainment. There's a staff of 10 to accommodate you including an executive chef and a sous chef so you may actually enjoy your airplane meal. Imagine that?
[Photos: Four Seasons Hotels]
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So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world, from shiny new things in Paris to reservations in Milan and new global partnerships.
· Ritz-Carlton Chicago to Become a Proper Ritz-Carlton: There has been a lot of changes to the Four Seasons portfolio lately and here comes another one--The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, which despite its name, has been a Four Seasons property for quite some time--will drop all association with Four Seasons and become a real deal Ritz-Carlton on August 1. A FlyerTalk member posted this message on the board:
"On July 31, 2015, Four Seasons will be concluding its management of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel). Effective August 1, 2015, the Hotel will become a full participant in the Ritz-Carlton system. This means that the Hotel will no longer be a Ritz-Carlton in name only, but it will be a part of the Ritz-Carlton family of hotels."
Now the hotel will no longer have to correct guests when they get excited about staying at a Ritz-Carlton. Fortunately, those lake views won't change.
· The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Has At Last Declared Independence: After experiencing a rebirth under Jason Pomeranc's Thompson Hotels before becoming a Commune Hotel, the Hollywood Roosevelt is striking out on its own again. The nearly 90-year-old hotel announced that "owners have once again taken over the management reigns, while maintaining a consulting agreement with Commune Hotels & Resorts." There were whispers two years ago that the Roosevelt wanted to go its own way so this looks like a nice a little compromise. The hotel won't be completely independent though as it is now a part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
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File this under things-we-never-thought-we’d-write / bombshell news: Four Seasons Hotels will take over the management of Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, the iconic hotel at the tip of the Cap Ferrat peninsula on France’s Côte d’Azur, as of May 8. Yes, that is May 8 – as in less than three weeks away.
We were surprised when Four Seasons bowed out of its Bangkok hotel on Radjadamri Road, but a placeholder website for a riverside residence development told us that the group wasn’t done with the Thai capital. It wasn’t, with the announcement of a new 312-room hotel mere weeks later.
The surprises aren’t over though, as a more extensive website for Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (there’s a mouthful) tells us these two things: the residence tower may be a high-rise (73 stories in fact), but the hotel will be an interesting, multi-level but low-slung building, and the overall development incorporates the 100-suite Capella Bangkok.
The above rendering shows you how that is all going to work: the slender tall tower on the right will have 355 Four Seasons residences, which are all corner units. To the right of that is the Four Seasons hotel, to the left the Capella. The buildings on the far left of the rendering will tell you more about the development’s location: right at the edge is one of the wings of the Shangri-La hotel, while the lit-up cupola is the famous Hangover II bar at Lebua at State Tower.
Ethan Stowell is a man of many talents. With nine restaurants under his belt, a pasta company (Lagana Foods), a pizza shop (Ballard Pizza Company), a wine storage facility and a close-to-the-heart charity event, Eat Run Hope, it’s a miracle this Seattle chef has time to sleep. Like ever.
To add to Stowell’s already impressive resume, it was announced yesterday that the local celeb chef had partnered with Four Seasons Hotel Seattle to create a new restaurant concept to replace ART Restaurant & Lounge. This move can only be a good thing for a restaurant that’s left us, well, lukewarm in the past. (Brunch and its all-you-can-eat cheese buffet have been the exceptions. You can never go wrong with a steady flow of cheese.)
The plan is to move Chef Joe Ritchie of Stowell’s Mkt. to the new venue, which will highlight Pacific Northwest shellfish, as well as a “top-notch” burger. Stowell will oversee the menu and help shape the new space and ambiance.
We’ve just about gotten over the 2010 closure of Stowell’s Union, which was catty-corner from the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle spot. Like all of Stowell’s openings, we can’t wait to see what he does next. Especially in such a prime downtown destination with sentimental ties. The restaurant is slated to open in late-spring.
[Photo: Four Season Hotel Seattle/Facebook]
We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
When contributor JetsetCD toured the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in 2011, she was impressed with the pool and beach options, the bi-level spa, a putt-putt course (in addition to an Arnold Palmer 18-hole course), a grass tennis court and the surprise sightings of white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, Coatis and iguanas.
All this and more made it not surprising that the room rate hovered at nearly $400 a night. But now there's even more to be wowed about at the resort, thanks to a new "property enhancement" aka renovation.
Above is how the resort looked when JetsetCD popped in. Keep reading to see what the resort looks like today!
Here's what we found on the menu at the hotel's poolside cafe, Cabana, located on the hotel's fourth floor rooftop. Aside from gluttonous casual fare such as nachos, burgers and fish tacos and lighter items like salads and salmon, the menu now holds a few special creations from Spork Foods, an organic and vegan cooking class in West Hollywood.
Such items include the Battered Avocado Tacos ($25) filled with house pickled purple onions and ranchero black beans and the Red Bean Veggie Burger Sliders ($21) served with a beet ketchup and veganaise on a gluten-free bun topped with a battered pickle.
Even if you don't adhere to a vegan diet, you can't deny how good these taste. C'mon, fried avocados? Also that beet ketchup is sweeter than it sounds.
Of course, these dishes might be food-truck inspired but the prices are totally Four Seasons. #treatyoself